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A Scanner Darkly Reviews

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Nick Pinkerton
Stop Smiling

It is exhausting in its yammering, yes, but the very fact of its putting forth a vision of a future that's scented with bongwater, revolving around the axis of a sloppy living room, is enough to recommend it.

Full Review Source: Stop Smiling

March 5, 2014
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

I got bored with the random diversions into the long-winded conversations of the drug culture.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 2/5

January 19, 2014
Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

A Scanner Darkly is the most faithful Dick adaptation to date. Like Dick's writing, Richard Linklater's movie doesn't sweat at immersing itself in the trappings of sci-fi; it's concerned with ideas.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia | Original Score: 4/5

November 7, 2012
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

...not for everyone. It's a complicated film that requires patience and, most likely, subsequent viewings to appreciate the jigsaw view of control and paranoia.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: B+

April 20, 2011
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

In the end, it offers only the slightest of answers and the slimmest of hopes, because that is often all life offers as well. Whether anyone grasps that hope it leaves open for the audience to determine.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 10/10

March 30, 2011
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

Trippy rotoscoping is the perfect aqueous aesthetic. Unlike many Philip K. Dick adapters exchanging existentialism for explosions, Richard Linklater focuses on Dick's apprehensions about the trust, joy and freedoms at risk for the sake of progress.

Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 4/4

September 19, 2010
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

Not nearly as coherent, cinematic or fulfilling as it should have been.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 3/5

July 6, 2010
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects

The message is clear and the animation creates a world unlike any other in film, making A Scanner Darkly an easy addition to the must-see list of 2006.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: A

July 6, 2010
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Ponders the inherent doom of Slacker transgressors

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 30, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Such a brutally gut wrenching disappointment...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Original Score: 2/4

April 29, 2009
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

Like many of Dick's parallel-mirror scenarios, this one is air-tight and diabolical. More fresh air in the form of Linklater's humor would be welcome.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

April 23, 2009
Brian Marder
Hollywood.com

A Scanner Darkly is capable of inducing euphoria if viewers focus on one element of splendor--the acting, concept, dialogue or animation--per viewing.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 3/5

November 20, 2008
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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The coolest thing about the movie version of A Scanner Darkly is how very literally it takes the scanner part of that title.

Full Review Source: NPR.org

October 18, 2008
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

The painted, slightly disorienting look is a good match for the sinister, seriocomic, drug-addled world of the book.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

August 7, 2008
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com

Too talkie to be legitimately entertaining, too dark to be wholly enjoyable and too muddled to be entirely comprehensible, A Scanner Darkly stands as a creative, if unengaging interpretation of its source materia

Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Original Score: 6/10

February 28, 2008
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Linklater may have admired the novel -- I do, too -- but that doesn't necessarily make him the ideal director for this material.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

August 13, 2007
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

a trippy movie that doesn't make it easy for the audience to follow. The story is complex and confusing and theanimation keeps the viewer from entering the tale emotionally or intellectually.

Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: C-

July 14, 2007
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Relentlessly interesting to watch if somewhat less than compelling as a film.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 14, 2007
Anton Bitel
Film4

this dystopian paranoid thriller tracks addiction in all its highs and lows, and offers a dignified elegy for its misguided casualties.

Full Review Source: Film4

June 13, 2007
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

The movie isn't for those seeking a run-of-the-mill Hollywood film and it can't be viewed with a trace of passivity.

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: B+

May 2, 2007
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